Encaustic Tiles (or Cement Tiles if you’d like to keep it casual) add a rich texture, color and visual excitement to any space – all for a relatively affordable price point. They first appeared in the northern region of Catalonia, Spain in the 1850’s and were later introduced at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1867.
Hand mold from France, circa 1920
The name “Encaustic” comes from an art term used for metal enameling that uses a type of lost wax procedure, and the intricate patterns and designs mimic the encaustic enameling process. They are special in a few ways. The pattern isn’t a product of the glaze (there is no glaze) but different colors of clay (typically 2-6 colors). They are not fired. The pattern looks as though it’s inlaid into the entire depth of the tile, so as time goes on and the tile is worn down, the design remains. Plus they’re extremely durable!
A more modern mold from Granada Tile
Here are some of our favorite examples of Ceramic Tile Installations:
Colorful floor tiles with simple wood furniture and bare walls.
An example from Granada Tile on the many ways you can customize your tile design
Keep it classic with black and white with pops of bronze
Continue the floor tile up the wall
You can never have too many choices!
Brighten the room with touches of gold
One of our smaller projects in a Modern Moroccan style
Continue the backsplash up the wall and show it off with floating shelves rather than closed cabinets.
A bold entrance
Continue that vibe in your shower
Love this funky style, again with pops of gold
We could go on and on and on. Our point is – cement tile adds fun and excitement to a room and we can’t get enough!